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2015 Patient Safety and Quality Report

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Every Patient, Every Person, Every Moment

From the Chief Medical Officer

Hello, I’m John Lynch, Chief Medical Officer of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. I would like to introduce you to our 2015 Patient Safety and Quality Report.

In 2015, we continued our journey of building stronger processes and practices for standardized delivery of care throughout the hospital. All of our efforts focused on consistently achieving exceptional outcomes.

At Barnes-Jewish, this means
"every patient, every person, every moment,” specifically:

  • Achieving the best possible outcome for every patient
  • Engaging every team member
  • And delivering both of these every moment of every day

A few highlights of this year’s journey include:

  • A new model of hand hygiene called 5 Moments endorsed by the World Health Organization
  • An integrated medical record that includes inpatients and outpatients that all caregivers within the hospital will be able to access
  • And the creation of an innovative nursing unit that uses evidence-based practice to test new technologies and innovative patient care

This year, we also worked with our Washington University physician partners to implement phase one of an intensive care unit telemedicine program to initially support 81 ICU beds on our south campus. The added support will come from a 24/7 critical care team in a newly constructed monitoring center.

The program is another effort to continually improve patient outcomes, and to meet the high demand for ICU beds at Barnes-Jewish.

Our mission of taking exceptional care of people has not changed. As we go forward, our focus is to constantly improve our safety and quality, and deliver an unsurpassed care experience.

On behalf of the leadership at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, I want to thank our team members for their willingness to adapt to new directions, and our patients for entrusting us with your care.


John Lynch, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Clinical Operations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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